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400 PNP 8 personnel to assist in ASEAN Summit in Cebu

Tacloban City (October 23) -- About 400 police personnel from the Philippine National Police Regional Office 8 will be deployed to Cebu in order to augment the peace-keeping force for the 12th ASEAN Summit in December, 2006.

This was revealed by Col. Cleve Taboso, chief of the operations and planning division of the PNP Regional Command 8, in an interview with PIA.

Col. Taboso said that one hundred policemen are now undergoing field training program in Cebu. These men will help in the police visibility program for the 12th ASEAN Summit which will be held in the early days of December.

By November 17, Col. Taboso said, another two hundred personnel belonging to the civil disturbance management will be sent to Cebu for augmentation. In addition, more than one hundred personnel, many of whom are women, will be detailed in Cebu as VIP Security, driver and close-in security of the dignitaries who will be attending the 12th ASEAN Summit.

Moreover, Col. Taboso said, these four hundred police personnel from Region 8 will stay in Cebu until the end of December and will be back in Region 8 on the first week of January.

The 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which will be held on December 11-13, will be chaired by no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and will be attended by leaders of the 10-member ASEAN countries, plus 8 dialogue partners from China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, East Timor and France. The theme of the 12th ASEAN Summit is “Caring and Sharing ASEAN Community.”

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok by the five original Member Countries, namely, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Brunei Darussalam joined on 8 January 1984, Vietnam on 28 July 1995, Laos and Myanmar on 23 July 1997, and Cambodia on 30 April 1999.

In 1995, the ASEAN Heads of States and Government re-affirmed the principle that “cooperative peace and shared prosperity shall be the fundamental goals of ASEAN.” (PIA 8) [top]

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